North Carolina Has One of the Most Dangerous Parks in America
We’re inching closer and closer to spring. In North Carolina, that means it will soon be a prime time to visit some of our great parks. Well, it’s not a list that we really want to be on. But, North Carolina has one of the most dangerous parks in America. Let’s get into the statistics and why this particular park is reportedly so dangerous.
Two separate studies actually point to this park being dangerous, one via Popular Mechanics and the other from Wildlandtrekking.com. Popular Mechanics notes that while national parks are beautiful and can be a wonderful spot to visit, “they also pose significant dangers that visitors must be aware of to ensure their safety. From treacherous terrain and unpredictable weather to wild animals and hazardous plants, the dangers of parks can be potentially life-threatening if you’re not careful.” So, be careful, and then you can enjoy the wonders.
Before we get into North Carolina, let’s look at the safest parks. According to a separate study from Kurl.com, Gateway Arch National Park in Missouri and Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona were No. 1 and No. 2 on the list, respectively. They were ranked as safe because of their “low numbers of missing persons and fatalities, minimal trail closures, and adequate ranger presence,” according to the study. The least safe parks were the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Wrangell-St. Elias in Alaska. That’s because of a larger “number of search and rescue missions, higher incidents of trail closures, and fatal incident rates.” Yikes.
So, which North Carolina park is one of the most dangerous in America? The Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Popular Mechanics has it at No. 6 on their list of the most dangerous parks, and Wildlandtrekking.com has them at No. 3. Why is it dangerous? The terrain and vehicle crashes, according to Wildlandtrekking.com. They add that Park Service data shows “the Smokies saw 92 deaths over roughly 15 years.” But, don’t cancel your travel plans. Just be very careful and prepared. For more information the studies via Popular Mechanics and Wildlandtrekking.com.